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UNHCR warns of how “dangerously exposed” the Coronavirus are to indigenous peoples

May 19, 2020

The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) warned Tuesday of the “dangerous exposure” to the coronavirus pandemic, which is a displaced indigenous community, including Venezuelan migrants.

“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to grow across Latin America, … many displaced indigenous communities are now at risk,” said UNHCR in a statement.

For example, there are around 5,000 Venezuelan Indians in Brazil – Warao, Pemón, Eñapa, Kariña, Pemon and Yekwana – and the UN agency is concerned that “COVID-19 is now hitting the Amazon region hard and hard” that Brazil is one of them Epicentres of the pandemic appear, (…) they may have great difficulty. “

UNHCR warns of how “dangerously exposed” the Coronavirus are to indigenous peoples
UNHCR warns of how “dangerously exposed” the Coronavirus are to indigenous peoples

He also referred to Colombia, where “there are several groups of binational indigenous peoples, such as Wayuu, Bari, Yukpa, Inga, Sikwani or Amorúa”, whose ancestral territory encompasses this country and Venezuela and which in many cases live in the border area. from Colombia, but “they could not regulate their stay in Colombia and are without papers”.